update: added "can", "in order to"
Working on a first draft should be quick and dirty. Then comes editing. And at the last stage, right before you're ready to send the finished manuscript, how about a checklist? A lint, if you will.
Starting the OOJS second edition I took note of my common mistakes. I came up with (and kept expanding) a checklist of last minute sanity checks that I go through before sending each chapter to the editor. Just when I think I'm ready I search for each string in the document and address potential issues.
The big picture items:
Here's my checklist with my common mistakes. Feel free to customize for your own writing.
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